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Crises loom in PRP over conferment of award on Balarabe Musa’s son by 23 LG chairmen

…As party leaders frown against action.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

As countdown to 2023 draws nearer, there appears to be looming crises in the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) camp, as party leaders lash out at Balarabe Musa’s family son, saying the “party platform is not hereditary.”

The state Vice Chairman of the PRP, St. Kamven Enoch, made the assertion in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna, over alleged award of Magajin Balarabe Musa title conferred on the son of the late national leader of the party.

St. Enoch, who was reacting to alleged appointment of the son of late Balarabe Musa, as replacement of his late father, said the action was unconstitutional and, therefore, null and void.

“I hear that, Isa Adamu Soba, chairman of Soba and coordinating chairman of PRP chairmen within the zone administered the oath and signed the said Appointment Letter. Maybe, he is giving him the Chairmanship of Soba LG; I wouldn’t know. This is because even the chairman of Sanga LG and coordinator of team of entire PRP LG chairmen, Yakubu Moh’d Sanga, was not there,” he said.

The Vice Chairman also said there is no provision of the party constitution that empowered any local government party leaders to appoint and declare anyone national leader of the party without the consent of the national and State leadership of the party.

Son of late Balarabe Musa, Kassim Balarabe Musa, was during a ceremony in his father’s family compound on Saturday administered Oath Of Office and issued certificate, certifying his appointment as National Leader of PRP to replace his father.

According to eyewitness report, Kassim B. Musa’s ‘appointment letter’ was signed by Isa Adamu Soba, who is the party chairman of Soba LG and coordinating chairman of PRP chairmen in the zone.

While the vice chairman described the action as “very strange,” he also reminded the organisers that there is no hereditary in government and political party appointment to warrant such thing.

St. Enoch, who is also a zonal officer of the party, expressed surprise that such appointment could be made without a national or state officers in attendance.

He explained that the ideologically-driven PRP has structures at National, States, LGs and Ward levels, adding that only the national or, otherwise, the state leaders could be empowered to create such office and coordinate it.

On the next step, St. Enoch said they will allow the matter to fissile out on its own, explaining that since such provision does not exist in their constitution, it would amount to waste of time, resources and energy pursuing it, since “They cannot claim to have done it on behalf of the party but only by their own wishes.”

While he revealed that, LGs and Ward Congresses of the party have commenced in some states, St. Enoch, however, restated that PRP is still in court with Falalu Bello faction over continued support and recognition accorded Bello by INEC after his removal from office as interim national chairman of the party some years back.

Earlier, St. Enoch said the son of Balarabe Musa came and told him that LG chairmen want to recognize him because of his father’s position, using Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) as a front, and that their own group (the son) have aligned with Falalu Bello faction.

Enoch said he responded by saying that even though, such thing does not exist and that the party platform is not for hereditary, he also told him that whatever it is, he (Kassim) should inform and liaise with the State Chairman of the PRP, one Mr Dan Birini, in whatever he is doing. 

Findings, however, unveiled that an award, titled ‘Award of Magajin Balarabe Musa,’ conferred on Kassim, was allegedly supported by all PRP chairmen in 23 LGs of the State.

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